Is it possible to separate out data files and log files of MySQL from one drive to another?

For eg:

Data (actual database data and system tablespace ibdata) in one partition, say /data and log files (ibdata0 and ibdata1 only) in one partition, say /redo?

Is it possible? I know the binary logs can be moved to a different partition but I have the doubt for above scenario.

I'm using Percona Server 5.6 on linux.


Just checked out, If I set innodb_log_group_home_dir to a different location, would it work?

  • Note. This concept is a good idea only in certain situations. The most common case where it is likely to be useful: SSD for data & spinning drive for logs. If all your drives are 'equal', it is better to use RAID striping.
    – Rick James
    Jul 17, 2016 at 17:02
  • That's there but I'm moving it out of default because I do not want it to be in root partition
    – tesla747
    Jul 17, 2016 at 17:03
  • Yes, it is good to keep everything you can out of the root partition. Usually it is too small to survive a few upgrades.
    – Rick James
    Jul 17, 2016 at 17:05
  • @RickJames few upgrades? Rick can you elaborate on that?
    – tesla747
    Jul 17, 2016 at 17:06
  • OS upgrades (and other things that insist on being in the root partition) need room to grow.
    – Rick James
    Jul 17, 2016 at 19:02

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Yes, using innodb_log_group_home_dir will put your ib_logfile* on the specified location. You can also opt to do the following:


So the system tablespace (ibdata1) goes inside /ibdatafiles folder, while the redo log files (ib_logfile*) goes inside /iblogfiles.

# ls -l /ibdata
total 12296
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 12582912 Jul 17 08:59 ibdata1
# ls -l /iblog
total 98320
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 50331648 Jul 17 08:59 ib_logfile0
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 50331648 Jul 17 08:59 ib_logfile1
# ls -l /var/lib/mysql
total 48
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql  56 Jul 17 08:59 auto.cnf
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql   5 Jul 17 08:59 centos1.pid
drwx------ 2 mysql mysql   0 Jul 17 08:59 mysql
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql 151 Jul 17 08:59 mysql-bin.000001
-rw-rw---- 1 mysql mysql  19 Jul 17 08:59 mysql-bin.index
srwxrwxrwx 1 mysql mysql   0 Jul 17 08:59 mysql.sock
drwx------ 2 mysql mysql   0 Jul 17 08:59 performance_schema
drwx------ 2 mysql mysql   0 Jul 17 08:59 test
  • ok in this case if I mention the above two variables, where will the databases be stored at? in data-dir?
    – tesla747
    Jul 17, 2016 at 13:06
  • @tesla747 databases will be stored inside the datadir path in this case /var/lib/mysql Jul 17, 2016 at 13:08
  • Ok If I just mention the datadir and not the innodb_data_home_dir then both databases and system tablespace goes into the path mentioned by the datadir correct?
    – tesla747
    Jul 17, 2016 at 13:13
  • @tesla747 yes, the default value for innodb_data_home_dir is MySQL's data directory Jul 17, 2016 at 13:15

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